Prima Pils | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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91
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Reviews:
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Ratings:
5,045
Avg:
4.06
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18.72%
 
 
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Prima PilsPrima Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,062 | Ratings: 5,045
Photo of CabbageA19
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very crisp pilsner that looks, smells, and tastes exactly like a classiv European pilsner should.

Yellow hue with light hoppy aroma. Medium hop start with that extra crisp finish that makes you desire that next sip.

Would definitely suggest checking the "born on" date with this style of Victory beer as it does tend to flatten out as it ages with my expirences and is just not great when it looses that crispness.

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Photo of dansm
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow color with a decent fluffy white head.

S-Nice malt aroma behind the spicy hops.

T-Ever so slightly sweet malt taste, followed by a little citrus and the spicy bitterness of the hops.

M-Kind of thin mouthfeel, with a light dry finish.

D-This goes down pretty smooth, leaves a nice aftertaste, making it very drinkable.

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Photo of Dougal
2.21/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

this was over hopped to my palate and had a strange aftertaste of bitterness that was not enjoyable. the normal bitter refreshing characteristics are gone and the overly bitter exotic tastes come through in a way you do not want to drink them. This made Urquell's taste seem amazingly more refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Bottle I have heard it is fresher on tap

A - is excellent but I do not care what a beer looks like. I have had cloudy, muerky, hazy, clear, brown. black and almost black, red, auburn, amber, golden, etc... Colored beer and it has little to with taste.

Smell - like a good old fashioned beer or a czech pils. A little more floral smell.

Taste - it is great, clean crisp and hoppy. pairs with all food

M - excellent, light crisp

O - a great pilsner the only better pilsner is Sam Adams impierial pilsner. It is bold
But light and I could enjoy it everytime I drink beer

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Photo of atowle25
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy yellow color with a good amount of head. Not to be mistaken with the likes of a BMC lager, as this has a much cloudier and thicker appearance despite being such a light beer. Smell is of faint grassy hops, pretty muted for the most part. However, after checking the date on the bottle, this is a good bit past its prime. My fault for not checking the bottle. Oops. It holds up surprisingly well, the pleasant grassy hops are still there, just much more muted. I've had this fresh and it is a delight to drink on a hot day. Very refreshing. Just wish it was easier to find fresh around here. Victory bottles always seem to be a good bit past their prime. However, it's still very drinkable and I'm enjoying it. Definitely recommend this for the summer. Just don't be like me - check the date before buying.

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Photo of shealoftus14
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have always appreciated Victory beers and prima is no different. This is one of more favorite pilsners they have. Its a perfect example of an America pilsner. The hops are big and floral on the nose, with more malt in the mouth playing alongside the notes of fresh citrus. It is very smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and low alcohol. I'd say there is a soft bitterness that is followed through the long finish and closes on a sweet hop taste.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: golden color with 1/2 finger of white head which leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Grain, grass and lemon. Maybe even lemongrass.

T: Very hoppy and floral. A little too strong on both counts for my liking but to each his own.

M: Nice crisp quality with a dry finish. Very nice.

O: Very flavorful for a pilsner. Truly a great pilsner if you're into hoppy beers. Personally, I found the intensity of the hops and floral notes off-putting and not really justified by the style. So its not my favorite beer but if that's what you're into, by all means have a few!

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Photo of Epicedion
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my oversized wine glass.

A: The color of sunlight and pure, golden straw. It shines. It glows. Nice head, some lacing. It really does glow.

S: A little musty, floral. The 'straw' parallel is still true here, I don't know what to call it other than 'rustic.'

T: This is really my favorite German pilsner, and one of my favorite beers of all time. It hits first with a little sweetness and that little pilsner 'funk' you expect from the style, but then it rises to a new level of amazing as the hops fill out the flavor, bring it all together in an amazingly crisp, light, dry solid -beer- taste. I look at all the other yellow beers out there and say -this- is what you should taste like.

M: Medium-light, good carbonation, nice long finish, hoppy and dry.

D: Fantastic session beer. Great on a hot day. Great on a warm night. Really damn good any time. It's flavorful enough to keep it interesting, yet it's easy to drink many at a time.

If I could only find this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Phinner
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great pils. One of the best craft versions on the market. Very nice bready aroma and flavor and well-balanced hops create an almost perfect pilsner. Good head and lacing with great overall flavor. Body is just right - not too heavy. This is a definite "go too" beer.

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Photo of TeddyBrew
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Pioneer Supermarket in Manhattan, which has a great selection, because I've been so impressed with other Victory Beers.

The beer pours nicely with a significant head that doesn't last too long. The color is pleasing, sort of a medium light straw. Enough color to suggest something interesting. From the first smell and taste I can tell I like it. I haven't had a Pilsner Urquell in some time, but this tastes very, very similar to me. Medium high-notes, very drinkable, a good beer.

This would be a nice one to enjoy with the game. Definitely one to try to win over some die-hard big-brewer lager drinkers.

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Photo of baugherlager
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish straw color, Head that collapses into a thin white film.

Nice hop aroma with a hint of grassiness.

Taste starts very clean and crisp but then you quickly get hit with the hops. Not super hoppy but a nice amount of citrusy and piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body.

This is a drinkable beer, no problems having another.

One of the few micro pilsners that I found most enjoyable.

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Photo of adroc
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very subtle pils malt aroma along with dominate floral hops.

Appearance: Crystal clear light straw color with a lingering white head

Flavor: Low levels of pils malt along with a dominate floral hop flavor that finishes dry with a medium bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium/high carbonation with a creamy dry finish. No astringency or heat from the alcohol.

Overall: Very good beer, fits the style perfectly

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Photo of pkeigs
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smelled it and got nothing but cheddar cheese popcorn, I wonder if the line was dirty because the last time I had it in bottle I truly enjoyed it.

After getting over the cheddar cheese nose I started to really appreciate the beer, it is a nice clean pilsner. Smells like pilsner malt, noble hops. Nice and crisp

Tastes nice, very clean beer accentuating the czech Saaz and pilsner malts. Not very complex but I love it as a nice session-able lager.

Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Crisp earthy finish.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Clear, very pale yellow/gold with a nice finger of bright foamy white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: bready malts, some biscuity cracker notes and bright, floral Saaz and German noble hops, a little yeast and some definite sweetness on the nose

Taste: definite hop bitterness here, lots of floral and even some citrusy notes (may have some American hops in there?) - German noble hops definitely dominate but there is a nice mild pilsener malt sweetness that lingers in the background. Slightly on the dry side, with a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation, very pleasant

Overall: Lots of good impressions on this beer! This German pils style is a bit hoppier than most Bohemian/Czech styles that I also really enjoy, but it is still very balanced. Very drinkable, with great hop and malt profiles.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer looks simply put...appetizing. Pours golden yellow and clear, with a slight haze from the cold beer.

The nose is complex with several notes distinguishable. Earthy notes from the hops and fresh bready malts come through.

The mouth is crisp and mostly dry with a hint of sweetness at the very last moment. Definitely has a good malty body for a pils. The bitterness from the hops is present, but the malts carry this one.

Overall, this is a style of beer that I can get down with. A well-focused and 'roided' up pilsner. Definitely something I would take home again and again.

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Photo of SteelerNation
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear which is great for the style. Pours a somewhat dissappointing 1 finger head with signs of overcarbonation. Sub Par lacing.

S: Grassy hops, yeast, and green apple.

T: Doesn't have the the super grainy pilsener taste that I am used to. The hops are very assertive in this beer and define the taste. More bitter than your average Pils. A grassy and grapefruit hop flavor combination. I think the taste fits the style more than most highly hopped pilsners. The flavor isn't 100% there though and the beer drinks a tad too watery.

M: Light and borderline watery. Dry finish.

D: Good but not great. I'd probably forget about it if it weren't made by Victory.

Overall I am a huge fan of Victory, but this one fell a bit short. The hops and color are good, but everything else is lacking. Mouthfeel is too watery, like a crossover brew. I'm not impressed by this one.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance, Pale yellow, with a quick forming head, about a finger thick. Settles down somewhat quickly to a small head that hangs around.

Smell: First thing that hits your nose is a slight malt scent, with hits of citrus, and a cut lawn scent. A very very slight sulfur scent comes through, but it's not offensive at all.

Taste: The hops certainly come through very quickly! Slight notes of citrus also come through, and the malts quickly sweep up, for a pleasant finish, with a bit of hops coming back at the end.

Mouthfeel is like many other pilsners, but it has its own distinct quality that I can't put my finger on. It's very smooth, and goes down easily.

Drinkability: VERY drinkable, this would make an awesome session beer, and is even a great beer to introduce others to great beer, without throwing them out of their comfort zone too much.

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Photo of viaingo
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Type: Pilsner
Color: Golden yellow
Body: Nice and light. Perfect for a pilsner
Head: Light white head. Short and left almost no lacing but added great flavor when drank right after being poured.
Taste: Sweet with just a hint of hops. Semi-dry finish.
Aroma: You can smell the hops. Not much sweetness to the smell. Definitely detect the malty smell.

Poured into one of my favorite pint glasses, this pilsner beer was very tasty. If you are in the mood for a beer but don’t want an ale or something wicked hoppy, than this is your beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of TWHartman
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale gold, sterling clear, with a thick white head. Head stays together very well and leaves a nice lace.

S- very hoppy, noble variety. Spicy and earthy with some nice malt overtone.

T- very clean hop and malt flavor. Bitterness at first feels a little too assertive, but the lingering taste is very clean, bright and nice, leaves the palate feeling clean.

M- perfect for style, not too thick but still foodlike, leaving a lingering taste.

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Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color topped with a fluffy white foam. Sweetly doughy and floral, the nose is a great tribute to a classic German pils, and even more inviting than many good German examples. Prima is hop-forward on the palate, showing grass and flowers against a doughy-biscuity malt backdrop. The carbonation and bitterness keep it lively on the tongue and lead into a dry finish that begs to be refreshed with another sip. Top notch.

Absolutely will buy again.

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Photo of NBake
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from the bottle into a tall slender glass reveals a pale yellow body with a billowing frothy white cap. The head sustains throughout as it is continuously replenished by a stream of tiny bubbles. Looks nice.

Nose reveals a touch of malty grain, and a hint of floral grassy hops. Seems clean. Good here as well.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of sweet malt leading to grassy hop and ending with a kiss of sharp spicy bitterness that lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel seems pretty standard for the style. Thin with lots of tiny bubbles.

This is great beer from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet. Prima Pils i s crisp and refreshing with just enough malt and hop presence to keep you going back for more.

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Photo of TerjUGA
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Poured a golden straw color, nice size head with good lacing.

S- smells a bit sweet, hints of hops and maybe a little citrus.

T- Taste amazing, hoppy all the way through but not to much, a little malt to it. very sweet in the middle, a bit of honey to me. hints of grass and citrus. great balance.

M- perfect feel for a pils, nice and crisp. great feel.

D- great drink, i love this beer, my favorite beer from victory so far. great brew.

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Photo of spike882
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a fair amount of head comprised of small carbonation bubbles. Head lingers sufficiently and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the glass. Body is color is slightly hazy.

Forthcoming smell of pilsner malts with a large floral and citrus background.

Very clean taste on the palate with pleasant notes of spice an bitterness. Leaves a dry taste on the tongue.

Carbonation is sharp but overall it's very smooth.

For a pils this is a good drinker with more complexity than most I have had in the past. A good product from Victory.

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Photo of jantonius
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Session Craft, will enjoy with my Thanksgiving Football!!!

A - Slightly Cloudy Golden Color, nice creamy white head.

S - Citrus Hops, slight malt nose.

T - Great Pilsner, very slight hops, clean finish

M - Light Body

D - Very smooth and very drinkable.

Really Good Craft American Pilsner

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Photo of mtyrrell
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allow this beer to sit for a few minutes after taking it out the fridge. When served cold straight from the the fridge, the hops seems to dominate, but as it gets warmer the malts become more and more pronounced and allow for a great balanced beer.

A- Pours a bright gold color, with a half inch head that recedes leaving a ring around the glass, a patch of foam in the middle, and lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- earthy, bready, grassy, with a hop smell balanced by malt

T- Malt first, and then a very strong hop taste that balances the malt and overpowers it just a little bit, and then the malts come back. malty yet bitter aftertaste.

M- Lots of carbonation, medium body, smooth and crisp.

D- This is a very complex pilsner, and has a great balance of malts and hoppy bitterness that seems to trade back and forth in your mouth. One of my favorite beers.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 2,062 ratings.